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Holmes Lectures for 10- to 14-year-olds: Looking at the brain in pain (The inside story of our body and mind)

Date/Time: Wednesday 15 January 2020, 17:00 - 18:00

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - pre-booking is required. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors Open: 4.00pm
Start Time:
 5.00pm

Ouch! We have all felt pain before, for example, when we stub our big toe or visit the dentist. Sometimes, just hearing the buzz of the dentist’s drill can send a “shiver of pain” down our spine. What is going on inside our brain when we feel pain or when we expect something painful to happen? This Holmes lecture will explore how scientists look inside your body when you feel pain. Discover how scientists investigate the messages sent by your brain to other parts of your body when you are in pain. How scientists use this information to understand why we feel pain, why we sometimes feel “shivers of pain”, and how we can overcome and ignore pain.

From 4pm the Dental School’s ‘Brush-Up’ team and our Street Scientists will be in the Herschel Foyer, bringing science to life through exciting live demonstrations and information.